Jenna McCorkell 20th in World Championship short programme

Jenna McCorkell performing her short program in Japan

Jenna McCorkell produced a season's best score of 50.56 to finish 20th in the short programme at the World Championships in Japan on Thursday.

The Coleraine skater has progressed to the free programme on Saturday after securing a place in the top 24.

"So pleased with my short programme at the world championships in Japan," McCorkell said on Twitter.

Japan's Mao Asada leads on 78.66 followed by Carolina Kostner of Italy and Russian Yulia Lipnitskaya.

McCorkell failed to qualify for the free programme at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last month.

The 11-times British champion ended one place and just 0.22 of a point outside the top 24 qualifiers.

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